Thursday, February 7, 2008

Babes in History and Fiction: Part 5

I love reading about the lives women led in the past. Partly because it makes me glad I live now and partly to be proud of what my lady ancestors have accomplished. And, let's face it, fiction is way cooler than non-fiction for learning about the past. This series is to clue you in one some of my recent(ish) favorites. This is the last in the series.

Part 5: The Ash Garden, Dennis Bock
Emiko Amai was playing with her brother in the mud at Bantai Bridge on August 6, 1945. Minutes later she was enveloped by a blinding light as the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and her future changed forever. Chosen as a candidate for plastic surgery after the war, Emiko is brought to America to be given a new face and a new life after the death of her family.

Fifty years later, Emiko introduces herself to Anton Boll, one of team players in the initial creation of The Bomb. Now a documentary filmmaker, Emiko's project is to capture the truth of "the making of the bomb." Initially resistant to the idea, Boll eventually capitulates and Emiko begins a series of interviews.

Uncovering Boll's work with The Bomb out in the desert and his time spent in Japan studying its effects, Emiko discovers more about herself than she ever imagined. Boll's life and hers, it seems, have been connected by fate, change and choice but she'd never understood just how deeply until now.

The Ash Garden shows the pain, beauty, hope and horror that inevitably follows cataclysmic events through the eyes of two ex-patriots who both now call America their home.

Related posts:
BiH&F: Part 1
BiH&F: Part 2
BiH&F: Part 3
BiH&F: Part 4

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